Not to hijack this this thread, but since most of you appear familiar with Tonebenders (particularly the builder) could you help me in identifying which version of the original one that I have. I estimate its from 1968 based on the serial number.
Here's the post I previously started about it. http://www.mylespaul.com/forums/tonefreaks/164689-vox-tonebender.html
YEP! Takes awhile to get used to this forum's Edit and Delete limitations as compared to TGP Forum.
Here on MLP you have 24 hours to Edit, and, you can never delete a thread... which means you may get wannabe buyers contacting you for gear you sold 3 months ago. I know cuz many times I am one of those wannabe buyers hoping I found a sweet deal only to learn it is long gone...
I added a new feature to the Twin Bender. The bias can now be adjusted using a guitar pick from a specialty pot located next to the output jack. It will come biased and may never need adjusting, but these Germanium transistors will drift from temperature or humidity changes. You can also adjust it to get the gated, sputtering fuzz effect, but what a waste of a MKII that would be
I've received half of the tranny sets and finished 2 Twin Benders. I've had a listen to each set through a breadboarded circuit and they all sound great
I have 5 done (I think). This one is the rowdiest yet - no shortage of gain here, yet nice and quiet. The waiting list kind of went out the window as people's transistor sets have arrived out of order.
I tried my Uni-Vibe with one today for the hell of it. Never imagined the two would get along, but it was actually pretty cool sounding. Like a Rottweiler growling underwater
I wanted to point out some of the changes because it has evolved a bit since beginning this thread. I found a NOS Germanium transistor that I'm in love with and comes standard on Twin Benders. They have the same specs as OC75s with lower noise and have better note definition (IMO). I am now powder coating the boxes myself for a much better, more durable finish - no more paint! I also dropped carbon comp resistors for metal film. They are much lower in noise and have better tolerance - better tone wins out. Other changes include a better grounding scheme, better wire, better circuit material.
Other news: Coming soon, "Marvel Drive", a Marshall Plexi in a box. It simulates a vintage Marshall Plexi with the Treble and Normal inputs patched together. It recreates the input valves of a Plexi using JFETs for a very tube-like response. I have the circuit done, and it sounds killer!
I got the pedal....WOW... I don't know what else to say....what a pedal!! Insane vintage fuzz, tone and sustain!!
I have a 64 SG std that my buddy, who is one of the largest vintage dealers in the world, calls the ebow because it will sustain all day. Anyway I tried out your Twin Bender with my SG and it added MORE sustain to the SG!!! It's F'n crazy!!
Sorry I usually don't get this excited about a pedal, but you have a winner here. THANK YOU!!